Twenty-two solar trackers are now powering metalwork company Sungen Circle Finishing in Newburyport, Mass. The 186-kW solar project will help offset more than 65 percent of the electrical needs of the local metal refinishing company.
Originally the company installed a fixed ground mounted system in 2010 that was damaged by 6 feet of snow during a winter storm in 2015. As a repair remedy, the lower section of panels on fixed racking was dismantled and panels were relocated on 22 AllEarth Solar Trackers onsite. This location is unique because of a 50-50 split system between fixed solar and trackers, already clearly demonstrating power output difference from trackers at the same site.
The project utilized New England-made AllEarth Solar Trackers, which track the sun throughout the day to maximize energy production. The ground-mounted pre-engineered solar trackers are designed for residential and commercial-scale installations and are manufactured in Williston, Vt. by AllEarth Renewables.
AllEarth Solar Trackers produce over 30 percent more energy than fix ground-mounted systems and up to 45 percent more energy than rooftop systems per kilowatt installed.
The project was installed by Talmage Solar Engineering, Inc. / Solar Market, one of the oldest and most experienced solar installation companies in the country, located in Arundel, Maine.
“We were thrilled to supply innovative, American-made solar trackers for this project, a solar solution that will produce more energy from the sun and give our customer greater long-term energy savings. The uniqueness of having 50-50 split of fixed and tracking systems at the same location will give us great deal of information about power output value between tracking and fixed solar systems,” said Naoto Inoue for Solar Market / Talmage Solar Engineering, Inc.
“We are very pleased with the project design and construction, and continue to be pleased with the solar performance of our project. We continue to enjoy our solar savings each and every day at our business,” said Rod L`Italien of Sungen Circle Finishing, Inc.
— Solar Builder magazine